Gardens & Villa - 'Dunes'

The California band's second album is produced by former DFA man Tim Goldsworthy

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  • Release Date 03 Feb, 2014
  • Record Label Secretly Canadian
6 / 10
California’s Gardens & Villa add synths and a flute to a traditional indie band set-up to create a sound that’s indebted to both ’60s pastoral pop and early-’80s new wave. Former DFA man Tim Goldsworthy has helped them find more sonic sparkle in the production of their second album ‘Dunes’, but they nonetheless remain a confused proposition. When they’re good, as they are on ‘Colony Glen’, ‘Bullet Train’ and ‘Echosassy’, they’re like an update of ‘Remain In Light’-era Talking Heads and vintage New Order. Yet they’re also prone to writing wishy-washy, over-earnest and almost new age songs with titles like ‘Chrysanthemum’, ‘Purple Mesas’ and ‘Thunder Glove’ – proper sub-MGMT fodder that makes you question the strength of their convictions.
Phil Hebblethwaite

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